Friday, January 13, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
Ken Saunders mows the 11th fairway at Countryside Golf Course
Ken Saunders is in pain. Not only is he 70 years old but the one thing he loves is crumbling slowly before his very eyes. It is too much for him to bare so he is mowing as best he can the 11th fairway.
Ken lives beside the 11th green and backs up to the 10th fairway at Countryside golf course – or rather what once was Countryside golf course. Though fathers still bring their sons and daughters to play what is still playable the course is reaching the point of no return.
By “no return” that means the greens and fairways would not be repairable. Golf courses need constant care – there is no mulligan for abandonment.
Every week and sometimes twice a week you can find Ken mowing the fairway and his wife Rosanne picking up limbs and debris off the green. After that they hit a few balls and putt around on the green. Exhausted they drag back the few yards to their home next door. Friday a thankful golfer who was playing an 11th fairway round gave Ken $5 for gas and thanked him for his unselfish effort.
Ken taught his son to play at Countryside (Arrow Wood) golf course when he was only 5 years-old. He sawed off clubs for him and used electrical tape to make grips so Kenny Saunders now 49 could take a whack at his first golf ball.
Where is littleKenny now? He is In Cancun Mexico and a PGA Pro. He was in Vietnam managing several golf courses – CLICK HERE for The Roanoke Times Story by Randy King.
Why am I telling this little story? Ken is not the only neighbor in pain. The five homes for sale are not about to budge for any price.
Incumbent councilman Dave Trinkle came to Sweet Union Baptist Church Sunday giving his obligatory shpeal. He had no answers for those who asked about Countryside …. “some kind of green space or something” he guessed.
Will Northwest sit on their hands on election day May 4th? I think so ….
Posted By Valerie Garner
Tags: Countryside, golf, neighborhood